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Disabled parking badges

These statistics present information on parking badges for disabled people in England (“Blue Badges”), including numbers of valid badges, applications and medical assessments. Blue Badges remain valid for three years so figures include rolling totals for badges on issue.

The data are derived from the Department’s annual survey of local authorities issuing Blue Badges.

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Notes and guidance

The Blue Badge survey is not compulsory and in each year some authorities do not provide figures. Data provided by local authorities can also vary in quality between authorities and from year to year. Local authorities use different systems to record the data and follow different procedures and practices. This should be kept in mind when interpreting and using the statistics.

Where no data are available for an authority, data are estimated to produce aggregate totals for England or regional level. Due to difficulties in obtaining robust estimates in some cases, aggregate totals are not currently not produced for some questions. The nature of the estimation also means that minor revisions to back-data can occur, although trends are unlikely to be affected substantively.

National Statistics

National and regional figures are National Statistics. Figures at local authority level are less robust and are outside the scope of National Statistics. These statistics are currently being assessed by the United Kingdom Statistics Authority (UKSA) to determine their compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. An assessment report was published in June 2012 (Report 221).

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